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Cannock Area Guide

Living in Cannock

Cannock lies just to the south of Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means the town offers peaceful, rural nature trails and bike tracks while still being within easy reach of the City of Birmingham, the town of Walsall and Lichfield Cathedral City.

As each suburb of Cannock was once an individual village, they still retain their own high streets with shops, pubs and restaurants, meaning residents don’t always need to travel to the city centre for everyday amenities.

History and Geography

Cannock was a small rural community until mining increased heavily during the mid-to-late 19th century. The town then grew rapidly with many industries coming to the area because of its proximity to the Black Country and its coal reserves. Suburbs developed as the area’s popularity grew and soon Hednesford, Heath Hayes and Huntington stretched through Walsall to join the town up with the pretty local villages of Cheslyn Hay and Great Wyrley.


Property in Cannock

Cannock offers a wide variety of property types and a range of price brackets - making the town an attractive choice for tenants and buyers alike. Cannock also offers superb value for money, with the average cost of a three-bedroom family home being around £150,000-£200,000 (although property in areas such as Shoal Hill can cost in the region of £500,000 and above). From Victorian terraces to state-of-the-art executive housing estates, Cannock provides modern-day living alongside outstanding amenities.


Families and young professionals enjoy the easy commute from Cannock. Birmingham is within easy reach by car, thanks to the M6 toll road, and direct trains from Cannock take just 40 minutes to Birmingham’s New Street station. Trains to Walsall take as little as 17 minutes. There is also a regular direct bus service to Stafford from Cannock, with travelling times of approximately 35 minutes.

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Local independent grammar school Chase Grammar has been at the top of the county league tables for over a decade, even appearing in the list of Top 100 Schools in the UK in recent years. There are also over 20 excellent primary schools and 10 secondary schools and colleges in the area, ensuring that children of all ages and stages have the very best educational opportunities available right on their doorstep.


The Great Outdoors

Birches Valley Forest Centre is a fine starting point for an exciting day out with the kids on Cannock Chase. There are a huge number of bike trails in the area, with rides to suit everyone, from experienced mountain bikers to children who have just graduated from stabilizers. If your family prefers walking to cycling, there are numerous stunning routes and wonderful days out at Hednesford Hills Raceway and Chasewater Country Park.


Cannock Outdoor Street Market takes place every Friday and complements the indoor and Prince of Wales markets, which open three days a week. The town centre also provides traditional shops and larger retail parks are situated on the outskirts of town. A designer outlet village - Mill Green - begins development next year, with around 130 high-end retailers and restaurants making the area an increasingly desirable place to live.

Things to do

The areas of Hednesford and Cannock offer a leisure centre, library, The Prince of Wales Theatre and a two-screen cinema. There is also the Cannock Chase Museum - a fascinating glimpse into the mining industry as it was in its heyday. Food and drink lovers are well catered for with Indian, Mediterranean, American and good old British options, as well as cafes and bakeries for sweeter treats. 

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